Most of us that are concerned with the ever increasing size and scope of government are fully aware that government often uses times of crises as an excuse to increase and broaden its power. After all, we have seen it happen often enough.
FDR used the collapse of the stock market in 1929, and the resultant Great Depression, to quite literally explode the size and power of the federal government. We got our wonderful Social Security Administration out of the deal, among other things, and that really nifty payroll-deduction idea that was put into place in the midst of WW II.
We have seen this happen more recently in the wake of the 9/11 attacks with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Transportation Security Administration, and what I perceive as a further reduction in our personal privacy.
Anyone changed jobs in the last six years? If you have, you are well aware of the ridiculous amount of forms one must fill out.
It is times like these when we who truly care about freedom in this country must be at our highest level of vigilance, as Dave Ramsey has said, "Fear does weird things to people...it makes their brain stop working."
During the course of our current financial "crisis" I have seen many elements of the MSM dancing with glee over the impending death of "American Capitalism." This is the same MSM, by the way, that has been doing all it can to maximize fear in the hearts of the average American during this difficult time.
I realize that we are living in a time when the average Joe out there is more concerned with security than freedom. To many, increased government involvement means the fewer decisions they have to make for themselves. This of course makes socialism, to any degree, a rather attractive option to some.
Only problem is, freedom, as it always has been, is inversely proportional to the size and power of government. You cannot live in a nanny state and enjoy real freedom. As government grows larger and more powerful, the level of freedom is reduced. True freedom has historically not been the natural environment of man.
This is no time to allow our brains to stop working.